India to Purchase Israeli Missile Defense System in $2.5 Billion Deal

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The Algemeiner reports:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved on Thursday a $2.5 billion deal to acquire an Israeli aerial defense system for his country’s military, the Mail Today newspaper reported.

According to the report, India plans to use the medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MR-SAM) to defend its airspace from “enemy aircraft, drones, surveillance aircraft and AWACS planes.” The system — jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization — is a land-based version of the Barak 8.

The deal will see the Indian Army receive 40 units of the system, which will be ready for deployment by 2023.

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